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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 1, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comic and film director Woody Allen, born on this date in 1935, “The most beautiful words in the English language are not ‘I love you’, but ‘It’s benign’.”

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COOKIE TIME – The Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, holds its annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Customers are asked to bring their own containers.

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WINNERS WANTED – St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 124 Macamley St., will hold a gift card raffle Saturday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. Raffle begins at 6. Admission is $5 and includes snacks, chili and a beverage.

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MAKE A GIFT – A Christmas Craft Workshop for children and adults will be hosted from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, Wheatfield. The public is welcome. Lunch is available at noon. For more info, visit

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GHOST STORY – More than 30 characters will be brought to life by Kim Tenreiro at 2 p.m. Sunday as he performs Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in a special program for teens and adults in St. Teresa’s Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road. Tickets are $10, which include coffee, tea and dessert. Doors open at 12:45.

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DOUBLY SWEET – The Freudig Singers of Western New York, directed by Roland Martin, present their annual holiday concert, “A Christmas Pie,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave.
The program includes the North American premiere of “Love Came Down at Christmas” by Chris Artley, winner of Freudig’s choral composition competition. Tickets are $15. A pie and beverage reception will follow. For more info, visit

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HOLIDAY SOUNDS – Three of the ABC Bel Canto Choirs – Presto, Vivace and Bravo – will be joined by members of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional women’s music fraternity, for a concert of carols and holiday classics at 3 p.m. Sunday in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and students. Call 440-6783 or visit

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, will offer a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday featuring the church’s contemporary Christian music group, Strike the Rock, directed by Mark Kasprzak, and the Chancel Choir, directed by Al Plant. Admission is free. For more info, call 674-1233.

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*  BEARING UP – A Teddy Bear Parade has been added to the annual Riverside Holiday Tree Lighting on Sunday evening.
To march in it, bring your favorite teddy bear at 5:30 p.m. to DePaul Riverside Apartments Auditorium, the former School 60, at 238 Ontario St., and enter via the Troy Street door. The parade along Ontario Street will begin at 6 p.m. and culminate at Tonawanda Street for the tree-lighting at 6:30.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will preside for the lighting ceremony and the singing of carols. Marchers then will return to DePaul Auditorium for cookies, hot chocolate, music and a singalong until 8 p.m.

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* MEOW MIX – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will host a program, “Kris Kringle With the Cats,” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in its shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Those who bring a gift for the kitties to put under the tree will receive a free cat ornament. There also will be holiday cookies, plenty of cats ready for new homes and special rates for adoptions.
Ten Lives Club also will benefit from “Painting With a Purpose,” an art workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Painting With a Twist Studio, 1054 Union Road, West Seneca. Those who participate will create a holiday tree painting and are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages, including wine and beer. Registration is $35, which includes all art materials. To reserve a spot, call the studio at 675-6000.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Karen Kelley Heck, Phil Fairbanks, Blair Woods, Rebekah Sipos, Seymour H. Knox IV, Brian Dickman, Justin Powell, Sister Mary Judith Goehring, Donna Saviola, Peggy Martin, Adam Maurer, Sam Mancuso, Chris Swan, Jeri Nolan, Marian Vanni, Louise Biela, Kenny Meshlovitz and Sean M. McGrath.

AND SATURDAY – Alan Bedenko, David Marciniak, Peter Corrigan, John Gurtler, Mary Griffa, Bob Farwell, Gary Adams, Gweneth Strynadka, Lily Hart, Laura J. Leman, Frank Catalfamo, Dan Gilmour, Jason Pennella, Frank Mendel, Anthony Sole, Finley Hopper Sullivan, Denise Crawford and Donald “Doc” Doctor.

AND SUNDAY – Sister Rita Kane, Janice Okun, Andrew Galarneau, Robin Brox, Chet Bridger, Dan Kirchberger, Annie Pearl McSpadden, Joann Weidright, Jack Zamojski, Maeve Lickfeld, Amber Curry, Paul Koszela, Jimmy Hatrick, JoEllen Pennella, Jared Donaldson, Sophie Tomaszewski, Caroline O’Brien, Mackenzie Marie Barbeau, Matthew Marshall and Donna Czora.

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